Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Master's Flexible Framework: Security Management

security management
Informed by the latest thinking in the security sector

Why take this course?

Security management has become an increasingly important issue in organisations, with many now employing specialists to protect their people, assets, information and reputation from risks such as crime, fraud, accidents and protesters. This course is therefore designed to meet this increased need for enhanced professionalism.

The course can be studied campus-based learning or distance learning (one option requires campus-based attendance at ‘block teaching’).

What will I experience?

You will gain opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills to meet new guidelines and regulations You will be able to specialise studies with the range of Specialist Options and other free Options available. You will be able to improve your career prospects for employment or promotion

What opportunities might it lead to?

Who should undertake the course?

  • Graduates seeking a specialist qualification to secure a job in security
  • Security and fraud risk professionals holding a good honours degree
  • Policy-makers with a responsibility for security with a good honours degree

Portsmouth provided the environment necessary for me to develop and succeed. The support I received from the tutors and lecturers was invaluable. I relied heavily on the extensive catalogue of books and journals available in the library. The staff in the library were always accommodating, helpful and generous with their time.

David Davey, MSc Security Management student

Course structure


There are two available routes to study this subject area, which will be reflected in your degree title awarded:

Route A focuses on one subject area, studying a Subject Core unit and relevant Specialist Option. You will also have a free choice to study any other Option.

Route B combines two subject areas, studying two Subject Core units and a relevant Specialist Option.

This means you will study the following 30 credit units:

  • Security Management
  • additional Subject Core OR Free Option
  • Specialist Option (see below)
  • Research Methods / Research Ethics

Plus your 15,000-word Dissertation / Major Project (60 credits)

If you wish to follow the Route B, then please see the relevant webpage for your second subject area for additional subject specific information.

Specialist Options, relating to this subject area:

  • Crisis Management and Governance (run by Business School, and requires campus-based attendance)
  • Investigation and Psychology
  • Contemporary Security in International Relations
  • The Global Landscape of Cybersecurity
  • Managing Justice and Security Organisations (distance learning only)
  • Victimology: Vulnerability, Risk and Resilience (distance learning only)

Teaching and Assessment

Campus teaching consists of a range of activities such as seminars, lectures and workshops, with multimedia support materials provided within a virtual learning environment (Moodle). For Distance Learning students, multimedia learning materials and study support is provided online via a virtual learning environment (Moodle).

Distance learning student support

Students are supported initially through Orientation and Induction, and then via academic staff for each Unit of Study. Pastoral support is provided by your Personal Tutor, and then your Supervisor once appointed. 

Campus-based student support

Students are supported initially through an induction week, and then via academic staff for each Unit of Study. Pastoral support is provided by your Personal Tutor, and then your Supervisor once appointed.

Students will have access to University support services including careers, financial advice, housing, counselling and can benefit from language development opportunities.

Further study support

Full spectrum library support services and academic skills development is provided, along with dedicated Learning Support Tutors.

How are you assessed?

These may comprise a range of assignments such as essays, case studies, blogs, presentations and a research proposal for your final project. You will then complete a 15,000-word Dissertation / Major Project. Academic feedback is provided on all assignments and full academic support is provided by subject experts. All assignment are submitted online.

Careers and Opportunities

Risks and new regulation have increased the needs for enhanced professionalism in the field. This course is designed to help those working in the field to gain the relevant skills and knowledge to meet these needs. It may also be followed by those wishing to enter employment in this sector.

Exit titles

Campus (Full and Part Time) and Distance Learning:

  • MSc Security Management;
  • MSc Security Management and Criminal Justice;
  • MSc Security Management and Criminology;
  • MSc Security Management and Intelligence;
  • MSc Security Management and Criminal Psychology;
  • MSc Security Management and Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption;  
  • MSc Crime Science and Security Management;
  • MSc Cybercrime and Security Management.

Distance Learning:

  • MSc Security Management and International Criminal Justice;
  • MSc Security Management and Policing, Policy & Leadership.


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